My EVS volunteering experience in Estonia

How about an EVS?

“You are young, you finished school but you don’t know what’s the next step, or you didn’t figure out what’s the best for you at the moment, you feel you’re stuck or you simply want to know more about the world. How about an EVS?

IMG_20140917_142543At least that’s what happened to me. I knew I wanted to have a bigger volunteering experience but the moments were just not right. Of course EVS wasn’t going to wait for me, I was heading to my 30s and I wanted to take advantage of it, since it’s once in a lifetime opportunity. So out of the blue, just like that, I decided to apply.

It was fast, the application deadline was in a couple of hours since I decided I wanted to go, I had to prepare a pre-overview of my volunteering activities and I did it. Soon I found out I was accepted as the next volunteer in Lille Maja Youth Center in TaIMG_20141016_201505rtu, Estonia.

It wasn’t my first time living abroad, nor my first working experience abroad but it was the first time to get acquainted with the “youth center” term. And in the beginning it was hard, because I was imagining it differently and the reality somehow struck me but I started to get used to the people, the way of life in Estonia, the way things work out in Lille Maja, to my project…

I lived in a new coIMG_20141015_160048untry, by new rules, eating new food and doing new things. I met new people, Estonians and other nationalities, other volunteers like me, new places, new experiences. I was working with children very different from what I have met before, with people with different behaviors, different ways of life, different views over life. I was soon becoming more like them, without even knowing. And I liked it. Mostly.

I used to think I didn’t learn much from this experience, since I did similar things before and I already had lots of years of work experience but I discovered things I didn’t know about myself and now I know I can do much more. My experience in Estonia was not always happy or fulfilling but I did my best and wonderful things that I can be proud of were born. In the end I was loved by the children, acknowledged by my coworkers, appreciated by my own self.IMG_20141021_205104_2

As a message for all youngsters: go beyond your condition! Don’t be afraid to step out of your comfort zone and be curious! Wonderful things will happen and you will be amazed of how a small thing can change you for the best and how getting to know people from all around the world makes you a better version of yourself. And never stop dreaming! Just remember to choose your project carefully so it fully defines you and your expectations and do it while you’re still young!”

Catalina Ciubar

Catalina did a lot of interesting activities and here we can mention only a few of them: fashion show, cooking club, travelers club, flash-mob,  disco party and the list can go on.IMG_20141105_180105

Hosting Organization: Lille Maja (Tartu, Estonia)

Sending Organization: Asociatia YMCA Baia Marelogo_erasmus_plus

Activity Dates: 13/09/2015 – 31/08/2015

EVS project name: “Avasta, hooli, tegutse!”

 

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My EVS volunteering experience in Lithuania

Lithuania – seen through the eyes of foreigners – turning on the Lithuanian style 🙂

“I am Madalina a 23 year old Romanian girl who used to live in Bucharest. The reason for “used to” is because now I live in Vilnius. Why? It is so simple. Have you ever felt like locked into the “rat-race” of life with no possibility to escape from every day routine?bt partyFor a while I just looked at myself and all that I saw was a young girl working from Monday till Friday and nothing else more. And one thought crossed my mind: this is not the kind of life that I want for me; I can do better than this.

So one day I started to search on internet for some projects like EVS.I found one, in Vilnius and from description I understood that I will work at one social center with disable people, do some activities. At a first sight looks like something new and I decided to apply. The next day I receive an e-mail with title “EVS project “Happy Shinny People”. I open it immediately and I started to read: “Writing to you with good news. We want to have you in our project…. “. I was accepted.

mThe next 2 weeks after this were crazy: I had to quit my job, to buy the tickets, to move back to my childhood city, to visit all my friends… It was exhausting… And then I was in Bucharest, in the airport waiting for my adventure to begin. Today, here I am… in Vilnius, living a new life, having as flatmates three nice girls from different countries, working at Matulacio social center, going outside with other volunteers – people like me but somehow different.

I am here since February and I work with disable people – adults; every
day we make different activities. It is easy to work with people who are happy having only one reason: you are here to help them. But behind all this good things that happened to me, I also had some difficult moments: my first week here was not so simple. I was feeling like a stranger in a strange country, I was missing my friends, my country and even my routine… but now I am not a stranger anymore – now I belong to this place.

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I end up thinking that being an EVS is not so hard – you just have to be yourself and learn how to enjoy all the things that comes into your life. I enjoy every free day with my flat mates or with other volunteers going in the city center or just travelling, so my personal life is quite active.In the end I think that coming here was the best decision that I could take and as far as I saw it was the best experience in my life.
Here I have a new life and also new friend and all of this because Lithuania. Sometimes I even have the feeling that I didn`t choose Lithuania, Lithuania chooses me. So thank you Lithuania for choosing me!”

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Hosting Organization: The Blessed J. Matulaitis Social Center (Vilnius, Lithuania)

Sending Organization: Asociatia YMCA Baia Marelogo_erasmus_plus

Activity Dates: 01/02/2015 – 31/08/2015

EVS project name: Happy Shiny People

 

 

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12 months EVS vacancies in Vilnius-Lithuania

READY FOR A CHALLENGE?

Take a 12 months volunteering experience abroad, in Lithuania, Vilnius, starting this September!

1 EVS VACANCY  FOR 1 ROMANIAN VOLUNTEER.

 

Project dates: 01/09/2015 – 01/09/ 2016 11203575_10155505540540366_1325453353971860783_o

Profile of the volunteer:

Age: 18-30

– basic knowledge of English language

– responsible, with a sense of initiative, motivated, creative, hard-working, committed 

 

You can choose one from the available EVS projects below:

  • Vacancy  in Toys Museum.
  • Vacancy in Valakupiai Rehabilitation Centre. 
  • Vacancy  in non-governmental kindergarten „Nendre“. 
  • Vacancy  in Day care Centre „Šviesa“. 
  • Vacancy  in Open Youth Centre. 

!!!! Click here for more details about each vacancy: vacancies_LITHUANIA

11337012_10155565354305366_1413188368622839530_oThe project supports  maximum 275 EUR of the travel costs for the volunteer and European health insurance for the whole period of the volunteer`s stay in the hosting country. The volunteer will receive a monthly allowance and pocket money and free accommodation.

!!!! FOR APPLICATIONS: send your CV with photo and a motivation letter to roxana@ymca.ro until 10th of July 2015!!! Please write in the subject line: EVS LITHUANIA and the project you are applying for (see the list above)

Project is funded by the European Commission through the Erasmus + Programme.

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3 voluntare EVS in Baia Mare pentru 10 luni

În perioada mai 2015 – martie 2016, Asociația YMCA Baia Mare găzduiește 3 voluntare, pentru 10 luni, prin Serviciul European de Voluntariat al Programului Erasmus+.

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Proiectul intitulat ”Above and Beyond” găzduiește 3 tinere din Lituania (Jurgita Kozeniauskaite-24 ani), Spania (Irene Serrano Gamarra-24 ani) și Ucraina (Alina Husar-24 ani).

Dintre obiectivele proiectului ”Above and Beyond” amintim:DSCN2176

  • promovarea metodelor de educație non-formală
  • promovarea cetățeniei active și a voluntariatului în rândul tinerilor
  • promovarea importanței învățării interculturale, a dialogului intercultural și a multilingvismului în rândul tinerilor
  • promovarea Programului Erasmus+ și a oportunităților pe care acesta le aduce în rândul tinerilor
  • promovarea respectului față de diversitatea culturală europeană

Activitățile pe care voluntarele le vor desfășura vor cuprinde tematica proiectului și anume: comunități rrome, creativitate și cultură, participarea activă a tinerilor. Cele 3 voluntare vor desfășura diverse activități în comunitatea gazdă, printre care: activități de incluziune socială cu copii și tineri de etnie rromă și/sau proveniți din medii defavorizate, cu copii și tineri din case de tip familial, activități tip ”afterschool” cu elevi din ciclul primar, ateliere de lucru de artă și cultură  deschise tinerilor din comunitatea băimăreană. Metodele folosite în desfășurarea activităților vor fi de factură non-formală, prielnice dezvoltării de aptitudini și competențe în rândul voluntarelor și beneficiarilor.

the team

 

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Youth Exchange in Amman – JORDAN

“Volunteers in a Global Village”

International Youth Exchange

6-12 August 2015 – Amman, Jordan

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APPLICATION DEADLINE:10th of JUNE 2015

 

Activity Period: 06-12 August 2015 

  • arrival date: 05 August 2015 
  • departure date: 13 August 2015

Participants profile:10656572_757110004354425_2104624830_n

  • Romanians
  • Age 18-25 years old
  • 4 participants + 1 group leader (18 +,  no age limit)
  • having a  valid passport (temporary passports are not valid for getting a visa for Jordan. participants need a 5 year passport)
  • pro-active attitude, sense of initiative and high motivation
  • having at least a basic level of English
  • 100& attendance in the project activities

Description of the project:

Volunteers in a Global Village is a youth exchange about youth unemployment and active citizenship, which will gather for 7 days, 25 participants coming from 5 countries: Egypt, Italy, Jordan, Latvia and Romania.

Aim:
The aim of the project is divided into two main directions: youth unemployment and active citizenship. The project is seen as a platform, where youth around the world present the situation in their countries and find solutions on how to increase employability. The second main aim of the project is to familiarize young people with the concept of active citizenship through volunteering

DSC07966Objectives:
– To create a conscious and responsible civic behaviour in the young people;
– To discuss themes connected with the youth unemployment problems and their impact on one’s lifestyle, to increase self-awareness and empowerment to remain active within the society;
– To debate issues related to the possibilities of overcoming under- and un- employment: how to reduce the skills miss-match between youth and the labour market, how to improve youth soft-skills, how to utilize social media for more visibility to the employees;
– To provide young people with the necessary knowledge and skills to face high unemployment rates within the global arena and with global competition;
– To motivate participants in becoming more active, self-confident and entrepreneurial within their communities; to develop participants’ ability to rigorously plan and implement an initiative, to dare and feel they are influencing their communities.

Transportation:

  • transportation will be reimbursed to each participant in the maximum limit of 270 EUR (for both ways). The sooner you book the flights, the cheaper. We can provide assistance in finding the right transportation.

Visa:

  • visa is issued in the airport in Jordan. 
  • visa will be reimbursed in the maximum limit of 50 EUR.

Accommodation and food: AMMAN_2

  • All the participants will be accommodated at Sydney Hotel in rooms of 4-6persons, for 8 nights (5-13 August). There are no mix gender rooms. Breakfast included. The hotel is situated 5 min walk from the old downtown and 10min walk from the famous Rainbow street.
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  • 3 meals/ day are provided to each participant (breakfast, lunch and dinner)

Application:

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